Kaare Wagner leads SVB’s Accelerator team in Los Angeles, focusing on banking, debt financing and making impactful connections for entrepreneurs and their startups. Based in SVB’s Santa Monica office, Kaare (pronounced ‘Korey’) works with some of the most disruptive and exciting early-stage consumer and enterprise companies in the area. He draws inspiration from the unique energy and optimism inherent in the founders he works with, and enjoys helping them realize their vision.
Joining Silicon Valley Bank in 2010, Kaare previously served as a vice president in the Private Bank, and then Growth Software group, where he helped scale software companies backed by top-tier investors. Prior to joining SVB, he held various positions at Wells Fargo, including commercial relationship and business relationship manager. Kaare holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University.
Outside of work, Kaare spends weekends cleaning up his kids’ spills, taking family trips to the park or beach, and sometimes sneaking in tennis or a run. He’s also a proud advocate of SVB clients in our Wine Division; his current favorites being the Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and for those especially warm LA days, the Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay.